SHS Bulldogs baseball hits mid-season mark

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Mon., May. 16, 2011
The Stafford High School baseball team has reached the mid-season mark. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
The Stafford High School baseball team has reached the mid-season mark. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Currently battling a 3-10 record at the mid-season mark, the Bulldogs are determined to turn things around and make a run for the playoffs.

Coach Scott Martin and assistants Kris Young and Tony Paolini manage a 13-player varsity roster. Martin recognized the important role underclassmen are playing this year. “We’ve got one freshman, two sophomores, four juniors and five seniors. All our players are improving daily, but I’m most encouraged by the growth shown by young players such as Tim Ford and Jake Kalette,” Martin said.

The Bulldogs have had several close games and extra-inning heartbreakers. With wins over East Windsor(5-0), Somers (5-3) and SMSA (5-0), the team is hoping to add several more marks in the win column before the end of the season. “The game that stands out most to me was a win against East Windsor,” the coach said. “Tony Bachiochi struck out 16 hitters and yielded only two hits. It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time.”

“Another standout game was a hard-fought 10-inning loss to Avon,” Martin said. “Again, Bachiochi was stellar on the mound, going all 10 innings. We had our chances, but were unable to capitalize on them.” The Bulldogs fell to Avon, 5-2.

Senior leadership has been key to Bulldog victories. “Everett Palozej has a .378 batting average and has done both a nice job on the mound and at short,” the coach said. “Tony Bachiochi has a .325 batting average and is tied with Everett for steals – they’ve got eight each.” Rounding off the team’s strong bats, Joe Direnzo has a .310 average and leads the team with six extra base hits and nine RBIs.

According to Martin, defensive players have made tremendous contributions thus far. “Bachiochi has been outstanding both in left field and at pitcher,” he said. “He’s got a 2-3 record with an ERA of 1.22 and 38 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched. Palozej is doing a nice job as well with a 2.86 ERA.”

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